Natalya Kochak was born in New York and has since lived in many different places, from Alabama to Chicago, Berlin to Beijing. She graduated with her BFA and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now splits her time between Miami and Austin, Texas. In 2010, she received a residency with the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing and in 2011 traveled to Berlin for a three-month residency with Takt Kunstprojektraum. She also received a Kickstarter grant to teach art in Uganda for two months. While there she worked on her own projects and created a community mural with her students. She also is a big supporter of arts entrepreneurs and has been running a decorative painting business, Bluebird Design, since 2005.